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Chalkhill Senior Occupational Therapist

Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
Haywards Heath
£32,306 to £39,027 a year per annum
Closing date
27 Sep 2022

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Occupational Therapist
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
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An exciting opportunity has arisen to join the team at Chalkhill General Adolescent Unit (GAU).

This is a new senior role on the team, to assess, plan and implement occupational therapy interventions to young people using evidence based, client centred principles.

The role will promote and develop the role of Occupational Therapy within the clinical team, and also support the other Occupational Therapy roles on the unit

The team at Chalkhill is a dynamic and forward thinking team, with a strong nursing and multi-disciplinary. Occupational therapy input is a valued resource within the service and you will be fully supported to achieve best outcomes for young people through the OT provision.

This is a dynamic time in Inpatient services as we evaluate service models and look to develop services that look more to the community and have a more flexible model of care.

Main duties of the job

This role is a senior occupational therapy practitioner, with responsibility for taking a lead in the delivery of occupational therapy within the unit.

You will need to:
  • Promote evidence-based practice in occupational therapy and the mental health service.
  • Provide a specialised range of clinical interventions and demonstrate knowledge of models of
  • Monitor, evaluate and modify treatment in order to measure progress and ensure effectiveness of
  • Provide clinical assessment, formulation, intervention, review and where appropriate CPA including care co-ordination for service users, their families and
  • Contribute to the development of multi-disciplinary best practice clinical guidelines and protocols.
  • Supervise other occupational therapist practitioners

About us

We provide mental health and learning disability care for children, young people and adults across Sussex and for children and young people in Hampshire.

Working in Sussex:
  • Travel easily between coast and countryside, with a blend of picturesque villages/seaside towns there's always new experiences to be enjoyed.
  • Embrace the city life with great access to visit Brighton and London.
  • With easy access to Gatwick and Heathrow and excellent railway links across the UK there's plenty of opportunity for adventure.

We would love you to join our organisation, rated 'outstanding' for caring by the Care Quality Commission. Along with 82% of staff from our recent staff survey telling us they recognise that care for patients is our top priority.

Other key staff survey results include:
  • 70% highlighting flexible working opportunities as a key point for satisfaction at work.
  • 79% reporting feeling able to make suggestions to improve the work within their team.
  • 77% identifying the opportunities to show initiative in their roles.

The Trust supports staff in the delivery of high quality services as well as promoting research, innovation and co-production. As a university teaching Trust, we encourage and support research working with Brighton & Sussex Medical School and there are opportunities to get involved in research, teaching and management or leadership.

Job description Job responsibilities

In order to be a successful you will be:
  • Registered with the HCPC with relevant career experience.
  • Experienced in working with young people.
  • Comfortable working in a fast-paced and varied role.
  • Able to lead others to deliver high quality care.
  • Provide a visible, accessible and knowledgeable occupational therapy presence in clinical settings and related forums, to patients, carers and staff.
  • Ensure that the highest standards of care are aspired to and achieved within the resources available.
  • Deliver effective governance, achieve performance targets, use information and data effectively to improve quality and minimise risk.
  • To work alongside the Chalkhill team to develop, support and manage any new initiatives in terms of alternative provisions to hospital admission.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Evidence of post graduate level study/training
  • Registration with the HPC as anoccupational therapist
  • Practice Education training
  • Training in the use of standardised occupational therapy assessment tools
Knowledge & Experience Essential
  • Experience as a qualified occupational therapistin mental health
  • Broad experience of working with clients with a range of mental health problems
  • Experience of both group and individual work
  • Experience of multidisciplinary working
  • Experience of multidisciplinary working
  • Experience as a Care Coordinator
  • Experience in a clinical area related to the post
  • Leadership experience
  • Experience in applying a range of assessmenttools and a comprehensive knowledge of occupational therapy clinical approaches used in mental health

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